I’m all for preventing discrimination on the basis of disability and for providing equal access to government facilities, etc.

But this new bill just passed by the state senate seems a little bit kooky.

It basically changes existing laws to allow ‘persons with mobility impairments’ to get a license to shoot birds and deer from their car.

I’m sure Dick Cheney would disagree, but one could really make a good argument that this is not really hunting. The folks at dictionary.com seem to agree…

Hunt v. – To pursue (game) for food or sport

But that’s not the point really. If people want to kill things from cars, who am I to say they can’t?

My problem is this: why not just let everyone do it? Why just ‘persons with mobility impairments’ ?

I mean- how is a guy who can’t walk – a guy who can’t get out of his car to hunt- how the hell is guy like this going to retrieve the pheasant or, worse, the deer?

Is he going to use his Hoveround?

 
  • Bill Goodnight

    Regarding disabled hunting from cars. As a retired Fish and Gamer in Idaho this is a reasonable proposal. We have had such a law for over a decade.

    Many species of wildlife are hunted primarily by laying in wait, not tromping through the woods. Most notable are two species that are prevalent in Ohio: Whitetail deer and wild turkey.

    This law is not intended to permit shooting from a moving vehicle, and being confined to a vehicle would not be considered a great advantage to someone who is otherwise disadvantaged. Rather, it provides an opportunity for participation that otherwise would not exist.

  • Makes sense, I suppose.

    But I’m still not sure how a guy who can’t walk is going to get the deer in his car.

  • Bill Goodnight

    Disabled hunters rarely hunt alone. Folks accompanying him or her help handle the deer. However any other hunter cannot discharge a firearm from a vehicle whether moving or stationary.

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